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Betsy Myers

Former COO of Obama for President

Betsy Myers is an expert on the changing nature of leadership. She is the former Chief Operating Officer of Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University and Author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Leadership Lessons in the Age of Obama
Betsy translates lessons learned from the campaign and President Obama’s leadership style that could be applied to every organization and leader in both the public and private sector. Myers outlines key elements of respectful leadership and provides insights for leaders who want to improve both their personal and organizational success.

Leadership Creates a Feeling
Betsy challenges us by asking, “Are we teaching the right practices to our future leaders?” Her book, Take the Lead describes an often counterintuitive view of leadership. When people “feel” valued, supported, appreciated, included, and understood, they are inspired to do their best work. The job of any leader is to bring out the productive feelings of their people. Betsy describes seven principles that serve as a road map for any leader who aspires to bring out the best in their people. This is not just the right thing to do, but is a proven strategy to profitability and success.

Authentic Leadership and the Leader in You
Authenticity is an understanding of our personal story and what gives us meaning in our lives. We trust leaders who are authentic and not trying to be someone else. In this session, Betsy will take listeners through the journey of authentic leadership, what it looks like for each of us, and how we can help others around us live their most authentic life.

Women and Leadership
In this provocative presentation, Betsy discusses important research and thinking around women in leadership. She explores the history of the movement for equality and shares insights gleaned from her work with Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Bella Abzug. Tracing her own career path, Betsy brings perspective from her experiences as a successful female leader. She helps audiences understand what it will take to continue closing the confidence gap, how to confront the balance question, the different leadership styles of men and women, and leadership necessary for the next generation of women.

  • If you want someone to motivate you, to teach you how to move a project from A to B, to help you understand how to get a job done, done right and done on time, there’s no one better than Betsy Myers. I’ve seen first hand what she can do and its always first rate.

    - Former White House Chief of Staff & Senior Adviser to President Bill Clinton
  • Betsy Myers — with her intellect, power and presence — is able to connect with an audience in a way that is intimate and personal allowing each participant to feel empowered

    - CEO, Sisterpreneur, Inc.
  • She immediately engages, excites and encourages her audience to apply the lessons learned. It was an honor to share in her message

    - CEO Hattie Hill Enterprises

Summary Profile

Betsy Myers is a leadership expert who specializes in teaching business groups on how to be effective and inspirational. As a senior adviser during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, she was instrumental in helping him get elected as the first African-American U.S. president. Joining the presidential campaign in January 2007 as its chief operating officer, Myers was tasked with the challenge of building a $100-million organization and was successful in establishing a campaign with a business operational model and customer-service mentality. She also was also appointed chair of the Women for Obama committee, and travelled extensively speaking to undecided voters, particularly about women’s outreach. Prior to this appointment, Myers was executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She focused the center’s teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person. This centered on her strong belief and conviction that the hardest person we will ever manage is ourselves. She was also a senior adviser on women’s issues in former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s administration. As deputy assistant to the president, Myers launched and was the first director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. In May 2011, Betsy was appointed Founding Director of the Center for  Women & Business at Bentley University. The center focuses on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women